This is from a series of films by Global Television shot all over world, giving well photographed introductions to various places, of which we will be focusing on the ones of interest to Buddhists.
The films are quite light introductions to their subjects, mainly good photography, well chosen soundtracks, and a reasonable, but sometimes inaccurate, narration giving a cultural and historical introduction to its subject.
This week’s offering is a look at the Forbidden City in Beijing, which was home to the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for around 500 years, and was being built up for most of that time.
The one thing that struck me watching it is how much balance and harmony are a part of Chinese culture, and how that symbol is written into every courtyard, building and design – while all around the modern, materialistic, city of Beijing, and China in general, is completely polluted and out of balance.
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